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TO MY HONOURED FRIEND
Sir ROBERT HOWARD',
EXCELLENT POEM S.
S there is music uninform’d by art
In those wild notes, which with a
i Sir Robert Howard, a younger son of Thomas Earl of Berkshire, and brother to Mr. Dryden's lady, studied, for some time in Magdalen-college. He suffered many oppressions on account of his loyalty, and was one of the few of king Charles the Ild's friends, whom that monarch did not forget. He was soon after the restoration, made a knight of the Bath, and one of the auditors of the Exchequer. VOL. II.
Tis ftrange each line fo great a weight should bear,
2 A compliment to a poem of Sir Robert's called Rete mirabile
All will at length in this opinion reft,
3 Publius Papinius Statius a Neapolitan bard, who lived at Rome, in great favour with Domitian. He wrote the Thebiad, an epic poem, in twelve books, (one of which is translated by Pope ;) and the Achilleid, the latter is imperfect, and was translated by Sir Robert, with annotations, and these our author means to compliment in this passage.
Your' curious notes fo search into that age,
her duteous love, As still the ancients did begin from Jove. With 4 Monk you end, whose name preserv'd shall be, As Rome recorded
and I Wilt venture in your right to prophesy. “ This work, by merit first of fame fecure, “ Is likewise happy in its geniture : “ For, since 'tis born when Charles ascends the throne, " It shares at once his fortune and its own.”
4. With Monk you end, &c. Alluding to a poem of this gentleman's on general Monk.
5 As Rome recorded Rufus memory. P. Rutilius Rufus, consul of Rome, anno civ. 649, having the interest of his country much at heart, was banished by the influence of some designing people; anů, retiring to Smyrna, was 'so highly respected, that most of the Asian potentates sent thither ambassadors to compliment him. Sylla would have revoked his exile, but he refused the offer, and gave himself up to study.
EPISTLE the SECONDI
TO MY HONOURED FRIEND
Dr. CHARL ET ON,
Learned and ufeful WORKS; but more particularly
his Treatise of STONE-Henge, by him restored to the true Founder.
HE longest tyranny that ever sway'd,
Was that wherein our ancestors betray'd Their free-born reason to the Stagyrite, And made his torch their universal light. So truth, while only one supply'd the state, Grew scarce, and dear, and yet sophisticate. Still it was bought, like emp'ric wares, or charms, Hard words feal'd up with Aristotle's arms. Columbus was the first that shook his throne; And found a temp’rate in a torrid zone : The fev'rish air fann’d by a cooling breeze, The fruitful vales set round with shady trees ;
i The book that occafioned this epiftle, made its appearance in quarto in 1663. It is dedicated to King Charles II. and entitled, Chorea Gigantum : or, The most famous Antiquity of Great Britain, Stone-Henge, standing on Salisbury plain, restored to the Danes by Dr. Walter Charleton, M. D. and physician in ordinary to his majesty. It was written in answer to a treatise of Inigo Jones's, which attributed this stupendous pile to the Romans, supposing it to be a temple, by them dedicated to the God Calum, or Calus,